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Fabulous Roger

02.07.2008 | Tennis

Roger stretched his winning streak on grass to 64 matches today to reach the Wimbledon semifinals by beating Mario Ancic 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. The win marked his 39th straight victory at Wimbledon, where he has won the last five titles and stands 43-4 at his favourite major venue.


"I'm playing great and serving excellent," Roger commented. "I had a lot of aces again, that always helps. It was a tough day with the rain delay and it broke my momentum a bit. But I got back into the match and played well all the way through."


Roger rocketed over three aces in the final game as he served out his success in on hour, 41 minutes, clocking 15 aces and a mere six unforced errors. Our king of grass calmly waited out a two-hour, 12-minute rain interruption after cautiously putting away a 20-minute first set - he lost just one point on serve - and standing 1-1 in the second when light drizzle moved in.  Back on court and lifting the second set with a break from an Ancic double-fault for 6-5, Roger consolidated. He then applied even more pressure, forcing Croatia's Ancic to struggle through ten deuces and a 16-minute opening game of the third.


Roger will race the winner from Russian Marat Safin and Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the semi-finals on Friday.

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07/04/2008 | 06:04 PM
Guys, switching over to NBC now to catch what I missed! Back with you soon.
07/04/2008 | 06:01 PM
Oh, yeas.

I have to add Boris Becker for a few GOOD people of Roger win prediction !

Go, Roger, Go.
07/04/2008 | 06:00 PM
Seems as though Borg has taken up a new sport...cycling. Right now he's practicing "back-pedalling".
07/04/2008 | 06:00 PM
***TonyN*** Thanks for the Borg quotes and the links. I'll check them out later.

Going to watch Rog now - then prepare for barbecue.
07/04/2008 | 05:58 PM
I''ve heard of a message in a bottle, but in a shoe? That's rich!
07/04/2008 | 05:58 PM
sheleo, Yes the exhausted Schuettler has shown that Nadal is not invincible. Shcuettler’s legs must surely have been tight in the first set and his exhaustion from all that tennis will take over in the third set. But, when the German loosened up and got a
07/04/2008 | 05:58 PM
I haven't the time to read all the posts - barbecue preparation, etc. Want to have most of it done before Roger's match comes on in 9 minutes.

******TONYN******* Welcome back!!!! We missed you!!!!

Guys, Roger played a very strong opponent today. Mar
07/04/2008 | 05:56 PM

Uncle Tony found a way to send a message to coach Nadal. It was hidden in the shoes
07/04/2008 | 05:54 PM
Oh I miss the shoe episode!
I was wondering why Nadal looks so slow out there. I guess he did not have his favorite shoes on. They have been sent for repair to uncle XYZ ...
07/04/2008 | 05:53 PM
I disagree: a 6-1 in the first set is a handover; the 2nd set is just self-pride not good enough, just as Marat. Let's see if he definitively crumbles in this 3rd...